The most famous churches in the world
In the current situation we are in it’s not uncommon to find four or more churches in one street. In the early days of Christ’s ministry, He exhibited a special kind of unity among his followers. Whatever happened to the unity? Today, there are many churches, but there are some famous churches that stand out from the rest as a result of certain variables. Variables such as beauty, history and ancient art.
There are churches that have taken 800 years to finally come together. God simply set the bar high, creating the universe and galaxies in only one week with a day to spare. People from all walks of life struggle to impress God by constructing churches that exhibit elegance and holiness. There are some churches that might have impressed God, here are some of the greatest and famous churches in the world.
La Sagrada Familia
The Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia is a huge Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain. The church was designed by a Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926). the church is popular among the locals and famous to most people in the world. in 2010, Pope Benedict consecrated the church and proclaimed it as a minor basilica.
Presumably, most of the tourist who have been to Barcelona have seen La Sagrada Familia. The building attracts more than three million visitors each year making it the most visited site in Spain. The Temple holds Sunday Mass once every few months.
St Basil’s Cathedral
The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed popularly known as St. Basil’s Cathedral is found in the Red Square in Moscow Russia. The church was built from 1555-1561 following the orders from Ivan the Terrible to honor the ceasing of Kazan and Astrakhan. Before 1600 it was the tallest building in Moscow.
The Temple has a peculiar History which makes it an attraction to both pilgrims and tourist. The myths about Ivan’s raging temper which led him to purposefully blinding the architect of the temple so that no one would ever copy the design is part of the rich history the Temple has. The church was confiscated by the state and has now become a tourist attraction since 1929.
Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris)
The church also known as Notre Dame Cathedral or Notre Dame is a medieval Catholic church found on the Ile de la Cite in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, France. The design of the church is commonly used to describe the French Gothic design apart from being the largest and famous church buildings in the world.
St. Peter Basilica
The church is located in Rome, Italy and is one of the most visited monuments in Italy for not only being the papal enclave in Rome but for allegedly housing the remains of Saint Peter, who was one of the Christian apostles.
Emperor Constantine oversaw the construction of the church in the fourth century but in the 1400s it was almost in ruins. Nicolas the fifth, Pope, started the restoration of the church under the plans of Bernardo Rosellino but the projected halted when the pope died, half a century later Julius the second took over and the project went on.
After Bramante died Michelangelo took over when Michelangelo died only the dome of the church had been completed. It was until 1626 when the church was reconsecrated, 1300 years after the first consecration. The most significant collection of ancient art is found in the church, making it one of the most famous churches in the world.
The church is one of the iconic buildings in London. A large Gothic church located just west of the place Westminster. The church was constructed in the 10th century by Saint Dunstan and is now a heritage site manned by UNESCO. The church was formerly known as the collegiate church of St. Peters at Westminster. It was used as a burial place for the English and, later British monarchs.
There are other churches in the world that are significant to both pilgrims and tourists from all over the world, churches such as the St. Paul Cathedral in London, Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, Palestinian territories, Church of Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem, Israel, and St. Mark’s Basilica.
Churches have been around for many years, some churches were constructed as a symbol of religious dedication and some for political power. All in all these churches have developed over the years and have become some of the most magnificent sites in History.